Donald Trump differs in many ways from any other president in the history of the United States, and the fact that he is the only president in history to live in the White House without a pet seems like a minor difference. However, he might be changing. And who would have thought that Donald Trump could do a complete ?
I have written kind of a timeline that I hope will reveal Trump’s stunning . It was stunning to dog lovers, anyway.
It is well-documented that Trump does not like dogs because he regularly invokes dogs when he talks about people he dislikes or wants to disdain towards.
Here are just a few of the anti-canine idiomatic expressions he has used publicly, mostly through tweets:
“begging for money like a dog” – to Brent Bozell, activist, writer, former president of Parents Television Council
“cheated on him like a dog” – referring to the romance between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, stars of The Twilight Saga, a series of 5 romantic films
“choked like a dog” – about Mitt Romney, 2012 presidential candidate
“dumped like a dog” – about Steve Bannon, his former White House Chief Strategist
“fired like a dog” – commenting on David Gregory, CNN political analyst and former NBC moderator
“kicked out of the ABC News debate like a dog” – referring to George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize winner and the political commentator who the Wall Street Journal once called ‘the most powerful journalist in America’
“she’s a dog” – tweeting about Arianna Huffington, author, syndicated columnist, businesswoman and founder of The Huffington Post, named by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people and by Forbes as one of the most powerful women in the world. Trump stated directly that calling her a dog was a comment on her looks
“that dog” – tweeting about Omarosa Onee Newman, TV reality star and former Director of Communications to Trump who resigned in 2017 and published a book criticizing Trump and his administration in 2018; Trump called her a “crazed, crying lowlife” in the same sentence that he called her a dog
“you ungrateful dog” – directly to Mac Miller, now deceased rapper & record producer who released a song named Donald Trump in 2011 but refused to give Trump any royalties; in the same tweet, Trump said he was going to teach Mac Miller a “big boy lesson about lawsuits and finance”
Very few people associate the words beg, cheat, choke, crazed, dump, fire, kick out, or ungrateful with dogs. Most of us don’t associate dogs with workplaces they can get fired from, either.
But then, all of a sudden Donald Trump found a dog he could admire. And it was a working dog! We learned of this on Sunday, October 27th, 2019 when the president of the United States announced that a canine soldier had helped in the top-secret operation that took ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria on October 26, just the day before. Trump called the dog “beautiful and talented” which was heartening for dog lovers all over the world. Conversely, during the same announcement, Trump said that Baghdadi “died like a dog, whimpering and screaming.”
On October 27th, the president tweeted that the K-9 had been injured while chasing Baghdadi a dead-end tunnel.
On the 28th, Trump declassified the dog’s official portrait and we all learned that the dog-hero’s breed was Belgian Malinois. This was done by way of an official portrait posted on Twitter by the president himself. But the dog’s name was still classified. Some Trump critics said that he had finally caught ; that an American president must love dogs in order to be loved by the people.
On the 30th, the Pentagon released video excerpts from the raid, during which the Islamic State terrorist leader detonated a suicide vest inside the tunnel. The footage is available on Internet. Some of us wondered how Baghdadi had time to whimper and scream after setting his suicide vest.
On that same day, October 30th, Trump tweeted a photoshopped picture of himself awarding the Medal of Honor to the dog. The news that dogs could receive medals of honor was almost as big as Trump’s sudden love for a dog. The original photo was taken at a 2017 ceremony that honored retired Army medic James McCloughan for saving the lives 10 men during the Vietnam War. McCloughan’s head had been removed for the photoshop.
Then on the 31st, the president declassified the dog’s name and we all learned that his name was Conan. The Pentagon had previously kept the dog’s name to protect his identity.
A secret source in the Pentagon divulged that the dog was not named for Conan the Barbarian, but for an American comedian and podcaster, Conan O’Brian. This Conan is considered to be one of the most influential persons in the world by Time Magazine. Interestingly, when Conan the human was host of the Late Night Talk Show, he interviewed Donald Trump and Trump threw a tantrum and walked the set without finishing the interview.
We soon found out that Conan the dog is part US Army’s highly secretive Delta Force Unit. Dogs like Conan have been a part of military culture dating back to World War I. Military dogs are usually ranked as noncommissioned officers, have a higher rank than the dog’s handler, and are routinely involved high-level, special operation missions or assigned to conventional forces to find IEDs.
Much to the public’s relief, we learned that Conan did not suffer serious injuries and was only slightly wounded from shrapnel when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself . As a matter of fact, Conan went back to work in less than a week.
General Frank McKenzie, who leads U.S. Central Command, informed the worried public that Conan has been working with special operations forces for four years and taken part about 50 missions. He said such working dogs are “critical members of our forces.”
Trump has since tweeted that Conan will be leaving the Middle East and will visit the White House. Many people have refused invitations to the White House during the Trump administration, but I don’t know if a dog will know how to turn an invitation, even if he is a highly trained military officer.
We also don’t know if Donald Trump will still be sitting president by the time Conan the Dog is relieved his duties and free to do political showbiz-type photo ops with Mr. Trump.
I was born near the end of WWII and raised in a small town in New Jersey, just a little more than a 30-minute drive from NYC. It was a wonderful place to be brought up, feeding ducks and canoeing on the river that meandered through the town in the summer, and ice-skating on that same river in the winter.
My two brothers and I were privileged to be raised in a lovely town that was safe to explore on foot, but close enough to NYC to be taken there on day trips to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily B & B circus, museums, Chinatown, street fairs in the spring and Broadway shows as we grew older. But we thought nothing of it.
Later as teens, we would go into NYC to buy a couple of beers (the drinking age in New York State was 18, and 21 in New Jersey) and hang out in Greenwich Village where we saw singers such as Bob Dylan who were on the first rung of the ladder on their way to fame.
The sixties were a time of speaking out and creating change. I decided to do my part by joining the Peace Corps, an innovative cold war program established by John F. Kennedy in 1961. I arrived in Brazil at the end of 1966, and after an adaptation period, was sent to serve in Porto Nacional, in what was Goias at that time. I can’t say I changed the course of the country, especially as I was immediately called upon to teach English in the local high school.
I have been teaching ever since; high schools, college literature, college language pedagogy, financial English and everything in-between. I married a wonderful Brazilian from Rio and we had 3 boys and moved around some, as he was an engineer who worked on hydro dams. Nowadays I am a widow and live in BH with 3 cats, one of which has extraordinary powers, and I have 4 wonderful and uniquely different grandchildren nearby. Thus far, I have had an interesting life, and this new endeavor called a blog should make it even more interesting.
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